A Degree In Photography

Is A Career In Photography A Good Choice In Cambodia?

A professional photography career does not appeal to everyone but if you have the desire to capture life creatively and freeze it in one frame, then photography may be a career for you!

A photographer is a trained professional who records images using a camera, special lights, and other tools to enhance their subject. Photographers tend to fall into one of four categories: commercial, fashion, journalistic, and fine art.

Photography is an art and a science. It requires talent and creativity to arrange lighting and subjects in order to capture great shots. However, it also requires technical knowledge to use the photographic equipment properly.

If you have a passion for capturing the beauty in everything around you and you want to make a career out of your gift, then a degree in photography may be right for you.

Cambodia is experiencing massive growth in advertising, marketing and the visual arts and professional photographers provide services to this market in Cambodia. Advertising spending in this market alone is:

Ad spending in the digital advertising market is projected to reach US$75.81m in 2022.

The market's largest segment is “search advertising” with a market volume of US$31.91m in 2022.

The average ad spending per user in the search advertising segment is projected to amount to US$2.09 in 2022.

In the digital advertising market, 48% of total ad spend will be generated through mobile platforms in 2027.

In the digital advertising market, 94% of the digital advertising revenue will be generated through digital program advertising in 2027.

 In short – You have chosen a great career path to follow at the right time!

What Are The Requirements To Become A Photographer?

While there are short courses and associate degree programs available, entry-level jobs as a professional photographer typically require a bachelor’s degree. These degree programs allow students to refine their skills with hands-on learning opportunities that teach them how to create high-quality photos with the latest technology and techniques.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is globally recognized as the leader in art and design education. SCAD offers degree courses in photography which are globally recognised for their excellence.

What Will A Career In Photography Enable Me To Do?

Employment of photographers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. About 12,700 openings for photographers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

With A SCAD qualification you have the following opportunities:

  • Advertising photographer
  • Art buyer
  • Art director
  • Digital technician/photo finisher
  • Documentary photographer
  • Fashion stylist
  • Fine art photographer
  • Gallery director
  • Studio photographer

What are the different jobs that Photographers can do?

Become a fine art photographer. Become a gallery director. Become an art director. Photography is the art of putting a frame around the world.

As a SCAD student, you’ll sharpen your skills, both in shooting and in post-processing, and emerge thoroughly prepared to excel in the competitive professional world. Here are some careers professional photographers can follow:

  • Advertising photographer
  • Art buyer
  • Art director
  • Digital technician/photo finisher
  • Documentary photographer
  • Fashion stylist
  • Fine art photographer
  • Gallery director
  • Studio photographer
  • Commercial or retail photographer
  • Wildlife photographer
  • Stock photographer
  • Studio photographer
  • Creative agency photographer
  • Magazine photographer
  • Wedding photographer
  • Photographic studio technician or assistant
  • Fashion photographer
  • Sport photographer
  • Photo editor

What Are The Different Specializations That Photographers Can Follow?

Despite the many fields that a photographer can follow, here are a few areas where professional photographers can specialize in:

Portrait photography

Let a person's or group's personality shine through. These shots are usually posed to capture subjects at their best for special occasions, business reasons or just keepsakes.

Commercial and industrial photography

Help clients present their products to customers with photography for marketing campaigns. Small businesses and large corporations alike rely on high-quality, professional photographs to drive sales.

Aerial photography

Give your shots some altitude. Using a plane or drone, you can get great shots of landscapes, buildings and events. From real estate to weddings, aerial photography is popular.

Scientific photography

Using specialized equipment, you’ll present scientific information through photographs. If you’re interested in biology, chemistry, engineering or medicine and enjoy the technical side of photography, this field could be a good choice.

University photography

From employee portraits to events to publicity photos, academic institutions need photos. Larger universities might have an in-house photographer while others rely on freelance photographers.

Who Employs Photographers?

Here are numerous employers who employ professional photographers:

  • Amazon
  • CNN and news producers
  • Fashion houses
  • Magazine companies such as Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Geographic
  • The military forces
  • Activision
  • Apple and other computer companies
  • Banks
  • Large corporations and companies
  • Google and other digital platforms
  • Magazine companies
  • Newspaper and advertising agencies
  • Retails stores
  • Adobe
  • Microsoft
  • Sony
  • Huawei
  • Walt Disney and companies
  • Google, Facebook, Twitter etc
  • Intel

What are the steps to becoming a Photographer?

This is a dual enrollment process that will require you to make sure your middle School marks meet the CP entry requirements for access to the AISPP and SCAD programme.

You will have to apply to SCAD and enroll in the IB CP programme 2 years before you are due to complete your High School certificate.

After successfully completing your high school diploma, your IB Diploma courses and your CP certificate, you will apply to Universities such as SCAD that accept IBDP Courses and SCAD university credits for acceptance to complete your photography bachelor’s degree for your chosen career.

Complete an Internship at a partner company. Participating in a photography internship allows students to gain practical photography experience. Interns can form professional relationships in the photography community which can prove invaluable when seeking a full-time job after graduation.

Find an entry-level job in the area of photography you wish to follow and learn and grow your career.

Specialize in a particular area of photography whilst working.

AISPP Is The Best Gateway To Start A Career In Photography In Cambodia!

SCAD was named “Red Dot Design Ranking’s” No. 1 university in the U.S. and the No. 2 university in the Americas and Europe for the fourth consecutive year.

Since 2005, the “Red Dot Rankings” have become one of the most sought-after seals of quality for the best design at the professional and academic levels. SCAD’s results are based on its “Red Dot Design Concept Awards” over the past five years, including individual student awards, with the most recent year most heavily weighted.

In 2020, nearly 70 SCAD students representing eight majors won a combined 37 recognitions in the “Red Dot Communication Design” and “Red Dot Design Awards.”

SCAD provides photography students the instruction and technology necessary to pursue careers in documentaries, fashion, fine art, and more. Shawn Griffin (M.F.A., photography, 2014) credits the university’s connections and networking opportunities to luxury brands that helped him turn his art into a growing business. The collaborative environment of an art and design university provides the ideal conditions for perfecting the highly developed craft of photography.

Choosing this pathway for your career after you have completed High school is a smart choice.

How Much Will it Cost?

The costs of the University can be requested on their website.

What are the next Steps?

Book an appointment with the admissions department to start your dual qualification registration as soon as possible. Your future is in your hands!

AISPP and SCAD are your partners in building your Career.

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